Tech Welcomes Players to Camp

Aug. 9, 2009

RUSTON - Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley welcomed 95 players to camp on Sunday as the 2009 Bulldogs spent the day moving into dorms, receiving physicals, drawing equipment and participating in team meetings in preparation for Monday's first practice.

"Camp is a final indicator that it is a new year," Dooley said Sunday afternoon. "Anything that has happened in the past is history good or bad. We are going to teach them how to put their socks on right, how to put their shoes on and how to hold a football. We are going to go back to basics and that is what makes football fun.

"The start of the season is always a fun time for a coach because you are undefeated. It is also fun to see the freshmen. We have a great deal of anticipation in them and are eager to see how they perform. This is our first opportunity to see them in pads in relation to our team and to see how they fit in."

Fun is exactly what Dooley, the Bulldogs and LA Tech fans had last year as Tech captured the 2008 Independence Bowl title, something that the third year head coach

"We never really focus on our record," Dooley said. "I think when we do that, we lose focus on the things that are important to winning ... teaching them toughness, discipline and effort is going to be our main focus throughout camp. Our focus will have nothing to do with winning a football game or a bowl game; it will have everything to do with how we compete."

Junior center Lon Roberts, a two year starter, said he is excited about starting camp and getting ready for the Sept. 5 opener at Auburn.

"It is great to get back and see all of the guys that have been gone," Roberts said. "It is also great to meet the new guys and freshmen and just bond with them. I am looking forward to hanging out with everyone and being in one location with them."

Senior running back Daniel Porter, who earned first team all-WAC honors in 2008, agreed with his offensive lineman's assessment about returning to the rigors of practice as the Bulldogs hope to build on their success from a year ago.

 

 

"I am very excited to get started, and I know the team is as well," Porter said. "I am looking forward to having the chance to spend time with them off and on the field."

Monday's first day of practice includes what Dooley calls "coach's two-a-days" as the majority of the veterans will practice at 2 p.m. while the newcomers, walk-ons and the rest of the vets will take the field at 7:30 p.m.

Season tickets are currently on sale as the Bulldogs play five home games at Joe Aillet Stadium, including Nicholls State (Sept. 19), Hawaii (Sept. 30), New Mexico State (Oct. 17), Boise State (Nov. 6) and San Jose State (Dec. 5).

Tech ticket manager Zach Williams also said season tickets will continue to be sold up to the Bulldogs first home game against Nicholls State.

One of the best deals is the Family Pack. For only $275, the Family Pack consists of two adult and three children tickets for all five home games.

Single game tickets and season tickets can both be ordered by logging onto www.latechsports.com or www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Williams also said group single game ticket rates for the east side of the stadium are being offered. Groups can purchase 20 to 49 tickets for $8 each, 50 to 99 tickets for $7 each and 100-plus tickets for $6 each.

Single game tickets for road games at Auburn ($40) and Navy ($32) are on sale to the general public as well while LSU ($45) tickets are available only to season ticket holders and LTAC members.

Tech fans with youngsters are encouraged to sign them up for the inaugural LA Tech Kids Club. For only a $30 fee for the year, LA Tech Kids Club members receive free admission to all Tech home regular season sporting events as well as additional benefits such as club t-shirt and more.

To sign up for the LA Tech Kids Club, contact Nicki Brostek at 318-257-2507 or e-mail nbrostek@latech.edu.

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